Mostly everyone who can watch the Olympic Games will do so, but these are events that only happen every four years. Yet, they are often looked forward to with great anticipation. What some people don’t realise is that they can also enjoy sporting events like the commonwealth games that are very similar to Olympics. What makes this event similar is that it is held every four years and is a collection of different sports competitions, like the former.

The next scheduled Commonwealth Games is to take place in April of 2018 and will run from the 4th to the 15th. It is scheduled to be hosted in Gold Coast in Australia. The big difference in respect to this particular venue is that it only receives participants from the Commonwealth of Nations which are predominantly states that are members of the British Empire’s former territories. Some countries are more committed to this venue than others although many have participated at some point in time.

Those countries which have a track record of participating in every Commonwealth game that has been held are…

  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Canada
  • England
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

The leading countries when it comes to achievements is Australia followed by England and Canada coming in with one.

The event first made its debut in Canada in 1930 with the participation of eleven countries and a total of 400 athletes participating. To see how much growth in popularity in respect to participation, one only needs to fast forward to the last scheduled event held in 2014 where there 4,500 athletes participated and there were 17 sporting events with 71 nations participating.

In total, the Commonwealth is made up of 53 members as nations. The Queen of England heads this event and always is present to open the ceremony.

The next Commonwealth Games venue will be comprised of over 6,000 athletes participating in a selection of 18 sports along with 7 para-sports.